- October 13, 2006
Conference highlights: Audio slide show
Photos by Joshua Roberts and the Student Newsroom, produced by Curt Chandler.
- October 8, 2006
Blogger superpanel defends credibility, market power: Panelists say mainstream media no longer understand readers’ needs
Saturday’s closing panel questioned the mainstream news industry’s ability to work with an expanding field of non-traditional news providers.
Hear the full panel discussion (audio, 78 minutes) Read the full article
- October 7, 2006
Making money on enterprise journalism
Success in the field of enterprise journalism is possible online, but it can be a struggle, says BET.com VP. Read the full article
The story's still the thing
At the "Energizing Storytelling" panel Saturday, the topic was about how, no matter how many changes this industry is experiencing, one thing hasn't changed: you still need to know how to tell a good story. Sara Spangler has a full report.
Blogger Zeyad Kasim promotes a local perspective of Iraq
Iraqi blogger Zeyad Kasim told an audience at the ONA conference that Western coverage is missing the important local perspective of what’s happening in Iraq. Kasim and USA Today's Mark Memmott discuss Kasim's major blog postings (audio) Read the full article
ONA targets education and research as top priorities
Student and educational programs as well as volunteerism were highlighted at Saturday's membership and activities meeting. Read the full article
Executive directors discuss ONA's past and future
Where has ONA been and where is it headed? Student journalists Sarah Bloom and Shelley Orman interviewed ONA's outgoing and incoming executive directors for some insight. Former ONA Executive Director, Tom Regan (video)
Newly hired ONA Executive Director, Lori Schwab (video)
The church/state divide challenges panelists
Not all advertising is obvious. It can be hidden in editorial content, a practice that is increasingly prevalent in online news sites. Read the full article
Changing journalism produces necessity for flexibility
With journalism changing to support multimedia, journalists are having to adjust and become producers of not only one medium but many. Hear Kevin Sites of Hot Zone talk about producing multimedia stories. Read the full article
Holovoty: 'Journalism is broken'
Not literally of course, but that's how Washington Post Editor for Editorial Innovations Adrian Holovaty began his discussion of how automation tools can benefit media Web sites. Holovaty was one of three panelists on the Automated genius and tools panel, moderated by Spokesman Review Online Publisher Ken Sands. Read the full article
Organizing your team in a multi-platform universe
Experts say a commitment from management is key to meeting the demands of multiple media on staffing and structure. Read the full article
Study shows journalists and educators are tech-savvy
Journalists and journalism educators are using more technology and are more tech-savvy than the average American, a study presented by the Online News Association on Saturday afternoon revealed. The study's results and more details are available here. Also: See a PowerPoint (1,298K) of the results Read the full article
Online news attorneys warn against outdated legal advice
The vastness and broad accessibility that make the Web so appealing are the same characteristics that can trip up some people when it comes to Internet law. Some of the country's most prominent media lawyers provide some general guidance to keep ONA attendees from getting tangled in the law of the Web. Read the full article
Convergence is evolution: In progress
News is changing so quickly that journalists must adapt or face potential extinction. Rebecca Shillenn interviews Chet Rhodes, Deputy Multimedia Editor, Breaking News for washingtonpost.com (audio). Read the full article
- October 6, 2006
ONA members tap PTA moms for election coverage expertise
Are candidates and parties, donkeys and elephants oh so 2004? Online News Association (ONA) panelists Friday showed an eager audience innovative ways to adapt online political coverage to meet the public’s changing expectations for sound political insights not from appointed and self-appointed experts but from friends and neighbors. Read the full article
Audience participation drives decisions
Focusing on community interests and integrating audience-generated content were the primary topics addressed in the panel “Transforming Media: Leading in light of bottom-line realities.” Read the full article
Mobile news is "Wild Wild West"
Wireless device users want news, and they want it now. But news on mobile devices like cell phones is still in its infancy, much like the Web was in the mid-90s. “It’s like the Wild Wild West," said Matt Jones, director of Mobile Products for USATODAY.com. "But we’re excited about what the future holds." Panelists Friday at the Online News Association 2006 conference also warned against thinking content on handheld devices is the same as content on the Web. Read the full article
Journalism’s future: A two-way street
Communities and citizens will be more involved in reporting and creating news in the future. But citizen journalism doesn’t mean there won’t a big role for professional journalists. Craig Newmark of craigslist.org, Michael Clemente, executive producer of ABC News Now, and Susan DeFife, president of backfence.com, discussed the future of journalism at an American Forum sponsored by American University. Listen to an excerpt of Thursday night’s discussion. The panel will be rebroadcast on WAMU at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.
2006 ONA conference kicks off
Ken Paulson, editor of USA TODAY, welcomed a record-breaking crowd to the ONA conference's opening reception.
After crediting USA TODAY with "inventing the Web page" in 1982 with its idea for short stories, lots of graphics and lots of color, Paulson called for a celebration of the First Amendment.
Watch Paulson's welcoming remarks
- October 5, 2006
Welcome to the biggest ONA conference
The most extensive ONA conference is in place with a chock-full lineup of industry leaders that promises to deliver prescient insights into the current state and bright future of online news.
Schedule | Keynotes and general session participants | Content panels
Commerce panels | Convergence panels | Thursday workshops
General Session Guides
Study up for ONA: Guides to making the most from ONA sessions Spotlight on youth: My Digital Day: Young people and the future of online news and information. Read the full article
Convergence Panel Guides
Study up for ONA: A guide to making the most from this session Web skillsets: Training and re-training journalists for today's digital realities Read the full article
- October 4, 2006
Content Panel Guides
Study up for ONA: A guide to making the most from this session Automating genius through tools: A practical look at streamlining production methods Read the full article
- September 10, 2006
Workshops and new media roundtable
Many journalists will arrive a day before the official start of the Online News Association conference to partake in specialty workshops, limited space is still available. American University will host a panel discussion at 6:15 p.m. Thursday on the state of the media, featuring Craig Newmark of CraigsList.org, Susan DeFife of Backfence.com and Mark Clemente of ABC News. All ONA members and conference attendees are welcome. Read the full article
- August 7, 2006
Job Fair: Polish Those Resumes!
Ensure your recruiting representative is part of the ONA job fair, set for the first day of the annual conference on Friday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read the full article
- August 6, 2006
ONA study to examine digital use among journalists and educators
UPDATED Sept. 17: SURVEY EXTENDED
The Online News Association asks you to take this quick survey, estimated to take about 10 minutes, that will allow your level of online involvement and use of technology to be compared to journalists of all levels of experience and from all media traditions, journalism educators and the general U.S. populace. Read the full article
- July 6, 2006
Register now for the 2006 conference
You can now register online for the Oct. 5-7 conference and awards banquet, as well as several very exciting workshops. Reserve your hotel room now to get the ONA discount. Read the full article
- July 3, 2006
ONA 2006 conference sponsorship opportunities
The ONA 2006 Conference sponsorship opportunities are designed for members, media outlets and providers to effectively market to, and communicate with, digital journalists and online executives nationwide. Read the full article
- May 12, 2006
OJAs to include new Knight Public Service Award
The Online Journalism Awards this year will include a new $5,000 prize recognizing digital journalism that makes a difference to people where they live. Read the full article
- May 10, 2006
2006 Online Journalism Awards - Rules
In response to the growth and development of online news since the award's inception in 2000, the Online News Association this year has made several changes in the competition's rules and categories. Read the full article